2004 Information Format Trends: Content, Not Containers


This report examines the "unbundling of content" from traditional containers (books, journals, CDs) and distribution methods (postal mail, resource sharing). As the boundaries blur between content, technology and the information consumer, the report shows how format now matters less than the information within the container.

The report lays out the top trends in content and what they may mean for libraries in the next five years:
-Legitimacy of open-source publishing (e.g. blogs)
-Rapidly expanding economics of microcontent
-Repurposing of "old" content for new media
-Multimedia content as a service for an array of portable devices

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